Husband Edmund Soham
Wife Elizabeth Wood
Born: 1699Christened:Died: 1748Buried:
Father: Edward Wood (1670-Abt 1743)Mother: Elizabeth Bridger ( -1748)
General Notes: Husband - Edmund Soham
Thomas Wood and Caroline Stewart
Husband Thomas Wood
Born: 21 Apr 1777Christened:Died: 26 Jan 1860Buried: 2 Feb 1860 - St Mary Magdalene ,Littleton, Middlesex Cty, England
Father: Thomas Wood (1748-1835)Mother: Mary Williams (1752-1820)
Marriage: 23 Dec 1801
Wife Caroline Stewart
Born: 1781Christened:Died: 10 Aug 1865Buried:
Mother: Frances Pratt ( - )
1 F Caroline Wood
Born: 1802Christened:Died: 1825Buried:
2 M Thomas Wood
Born: 31 Mar 1804 - Littleton, Middlesex Cty, EnglandChristened:Died: 23 Oct 1872 - Littleton, Middlesex Cty, EnglandBuried:
Spouse: Frances Smythe (1822-1892)Marr: 6 Jul 1848 - St. Peter's Eaton Square
3 M William Henry Wood
Born: 29 Jul 1805Christened:Died: 13 Sep 1834Buried:
4 F Emily Kymerley Wood
Born: 5 Jun 1807Christened:Died: 10 Mar 1887Buried:
5 F Frances Anne Decima Wood
Born: 15 Jun 1810 - LittletonChristened: 24 Jul 1810Died: 10 Apr 1895Buried:
Born: 11 Nov 1810Christened: 23 Dec 1810 - LittletonDied: 7 Apr 1890 - Builth, BreconshireBuried:
Spouse: Sophia Brownrigg (1816-1906)Marr: 25 Jun 1838
Born: 6 Jan 1812Christened:Died: 16 Oct 1894 - Parklodge, Sunningdale 1Buried: 20 Oct 1894 - St Mary Magdalene ,Littleton
Spouse: Maria Liddell ( -1883)Marr: 17 Apr 1861
Born: 3 Jul 1814Christened:Died: May 1871 - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, England 2Buried: 31 May 1871 - St Mary Magdalene ,Littleton
Spouse: Constantia Lowther ( -1864)Marr: 24 Jul 1850
9 M Arthur Wellington Wood
Born: 28 Jun 1816Christened:Died: 14 Nov 1853Buried: 19 Nov 1853 - St Mary Magdalene ,Littleton
10 M George Wood
Born: 20 Nov 1817Christened:Died: 15 May 1881Buried:
General Notes: Husband - Thomas Wood
Lord of the Manors of Littleton, Co. Middlesex, Gwernyfed, Co. Breconshire and Middleham Castle, Co. York. M.P. for Breconshire (1806-1847) . Col. East Middlesex Militia. According to a summary of papers in the London Metropolitan Archives, " he commanded the Royal East Middlesex Regiment of Militia for fifty six years and encamped with them at Aldershot in his eightieth year. Colonel Thomas Wood and his wife enjoyed the friendship of William IV and Queen Adelaide and the King nominated Wood to be one of his executors. Colonel Wood was host to George IV at Gwernyfed, and members of the royal family visited Littleton. Aid e-De-Camp to Queen Victoria. According to the Cardiff Times, April 7, 1894, pg, 1, he was educated at Harrow and Oxford. He was High Sherriff of Brecknock in 1809. He was Justice of the Peace for the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, and Brecon for very many years previous to his death.
According to David Barratt he spent several years and large legal costs sorting out the mess his grand-father, Sir Edward Williams, had created over the Gwernyfed estate with John Macnamara.
His biography in "The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820", ed. R. Thorne, 1986, is as follows:
Family and Education
b. 21 Apr. 1777, 1st s. of Thomas Wood of Littleton Park by Mary, da. and h. of Sir Edward Williams, 5th Bt., of Gwernyfed. educ. Harrow 1788-95; Oriel, Oxf. 1796. m. 23 Dec. 1801, Lady Caroline Stewart, da. of Robert, 1st Mq. of Londonderry [I], by 2nd w. Lady Frances Pratt, da. of Charles Pratt†, 1st Earl Camden, 7s. 3da. suc. mother 1820; fa. 1835.
Sheriff, Brec. 1809-10.
Lt.-col. E. Mdx. militia 1798, col. 1803; militia a.d.c. to King William IV 1831.
Wood, the eldest of 14 children, was recommended by his grandfather Thomas Wood† to Lord Sydney in 1798 as suitable to be made a groom of the bedchamber 'or any other such situation'.1 In 1803 he became a colonel of militia for Middlesex, which his grandfather had briefly represented in Parliament, and in 1806 his name was hawked about as a potential candidate for the county. It was thought that as brother-in-law of their opponent Castlereagh he could scarcely expect the countenance of the Grenville ministry. He was in any case virtually sure of a seat elsewhere. Since 1804, when his mother succeeded to the Gwernyfed estate, he had become an obvious contender for Breconshire, where he could count on the support of Lord Camden, his wife's uncle. Insisting in advance on his freedom of action in Parliament, he was returned unopposed on the retirement of Sir Charles Morgan in 1806.2
In general, Wood followed the political lead of his brother-in-law Castlereagh. He voted against the Grenville ministry on the Hampshire election petition, 13 Feb. 1807. His first speeches showed his interest in military matters, which was doubtless stimulated by Castlereagh's being at the War Office. Thus on 27 July 1807 he was a fervent supporter of the militia transfer bill, on 2 Feb. 1809 he championed the militia enlistment bill and on 18 Apr. the militia completion bill. His arguments derived their force from his own experience of militia command. A friend of the Duke of Clarence3 (who as King William IV appointed him one of his executors), he deplored the proceedings in the House against the Duke of York in February and March 1809. When Castlereagh quarrelled with the cabinet that autumn, Wood followed his line, voting with the majority on the address, 23 Jan. 1810, with the minority for inquiry into the Scheldt expedition, 26 Jan., and with the majority against the censure on it, 30 Mar. 1810. The Whigs duly listed him 'Castlereagh' at that time. He was a critic of Sir Francis Burdett's conduct, 3 May 1810, and on 21 May voted against parliamentary reform. He subsequently rallied to the ministry with Castlereagh and voted against remodelling the government, 21 May 1812.
Like Castlereagh, Wood was friendly to Catholic relief and voted for it in the session of 1813, in 1815, 1817 and subsequently:4 it was constituency pressure that determined his ultimate hostility to the measure. After the election of 1812, he knew that he would be challenged for his seat by the heir of the Morgans of Tredegar, now of age, and he was the more sensitive to local issues. On 5 Mar. 1813 he failed to obtain the committal of a bill to amend the Brecknock Canal Act, which he conceded to be controversial and which the Morgans opposed. The absence of Castlereagh on the Continent also affected his role in Parliament: on 21 Feb. 1815, for instance, he replied to Lambton's motion deploring the alienation of Genoa, remarking in his defence of the Congress arrangements that 'the pacification of the world was beyond the reach of all human agency'. He opposed the disembodying of the militia, 28 Feb. 1815, and was a supporter of flogging in the army as, to preserve discipline, there was no alternative but the death sentence. As a member of the Military Club, he defended it against those opposition critics who thought it had sinister political associations, 4 Mar. 1816.
In the spring of 1816 Wood, though a supporter of the continuation of the property tax, was critical of the government's supine attitude to agricultural distress. His constituents wished for relief from the tax burden, as their petitions indicated, and he suggested the repeal of the malt and agricultural horse taxes, 7 Mar. 1816, setting himself up as the champion of the 'little farmers', 25 Mar. On 28 Mar., insisting that legislative intervention was necessary to remedy the depression, he added grain protection, reduction of the salt tax, tithe and Poor Law reform to his recommendations.5 On 20 May he secured a committee to review the Game Laws, in view of the increase in poaching. He disliked the committee's draconian proposals and on 4 Mar. 1817 obtained leave for a bill to repeal the statute of 28 Geo. II making the sale of game illegal. It failed to get past its second reading, 9 June, and Wood could not swallow George Bankes's bill on the subject, debated in the two subsequent sessions.
Wood's only vote contrary to government in the Parliament of 1812 was against John Wilson Croker's wartime salary at the Admiralty, 17 Feb. 1817. He was in other respects disposed to criticize the opposition. When they called for repeal of the leather tax, he said he would sooner see the salt tax repealed, 12 Mar. 1818. He questioned Burdett's credibility as a parliamentary reformer in the light of his electoral practices in Middlesex, 5 May 1818. Nevertheless, he was considered sufficiently independent to be preferred by Whigs in Breconshire to his opponent Morgan, who had shown himself a negligent Member and one of the silent majority of ministerialists.6 He defeated Morgan in 1818, retaining his seat until he retired as one of Peel's martyrs in 1847.
In the Parliament of 1818 he developed his ideas, as a select committeeman, on Poor Law reform. He suggested road work for the unemployed, 17 Feb. 1819, opposed the law of settlement which discouraged the mobility of labour, 10 May, and advocated schools of industry for pauper children, 11 June. He was also sympathetic to the lot of child chimney sweeps, 17 Feb. 1819. He thought direct taxation preferable to indirect precisely because the latter hit the poor hardest, 20 May. He opposed the abolition of the Welsh judicature, 21 May. Wood, who had voted against Tierney's censure motion of 18 May 1819, went on to support government measures against sedition. He was one of the few Members out of office invited to Castlereagh's pre-sessional ministerial dinner.7 In justification of the blasphemous libel bill, 21 Dec. 1819, he said that Hone's parodies had found their way into his children's nursery, where they were thought to be 'very good; but very shocking'. He died 26 Jan. 1860.
Ref Volumes: 1790-1820
Author: R. G. Thorne
Kent AO, Stanhope mss 731/6.
Wakes Museum, Selborne, Holt White mss 400; Elizabeth Wood, 'Col. Thomas Wood 1777-1860', Brec. and Rad. Express, 6 June-25 July 1974; R. D. Rees, 'Parl. Rep. S. Wales 1790-1830' (Reading Univ. Ph.D. thesis, 1962), ii. 549; Camden mss C519/1, Wood to Camden, 17 June, reply 21 June 1806.
Prince of Wales Corresp. vi. 2500.
NLW, Mayberry mss 6511, 6905.
Ibid. 6481, 6484-6.
Ibid. 6479, 6509, 6510.
Phipps, Plumer Ward Mems. ii. 27.
General Notes: Wife - Caroline Stewart
sister of the Marquess of Londonderry
General Notes: Child - Thomas Wood
J.P., M.P. for Middlesex (1837- 1847). According to a summary of papers at the London Metropolitan Archives, "he commanded the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards in the early stages of the Crimean War". The family claims that the painting "Roll Call" (1874) by Elizabeth Thompson (which now hangs in Buckingham Palace) depicts Col. Wood on horseback. According to the Cardiff Times, April 7, 1894, pg. 1, he was a Lieutenant General. He was Sheriff of Breconshire in 1858.
General Notes: Child - William Henry Wood
Cpt. 10th Hussars
General Notes: Child - Charles Alexander Wood
Sir Charles Alexander Wood, Knight, Deputy Chairman of Great Western Railway and commissioner of emigration.
General Notes: Child - David Edward Wood
Sir David Wood, G.C.B., Officer Legion Of Honour. General and Knight. Entered Royal Artillery in 1829 and served in the Kaffir War in 1842, the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny.
General Notes: Child - Robert Blucher Wood
Lt. Gen. C.B. Deputy-Adjutant-General in Ireland and Deputy Master of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham
General Notes: Child - Arthur Wellington Wood
Husband William Stockton
1 M Thomas Stockton
Born: 1778 - New Malton, Yorkshire, EnglandChristened:Died:Buried:
Spouse: Martha ( - )
James Robert Welker and Elizabeth Stoker
Husband James Robert Welker
Born: 19 Aug 1803 - Rowan Co., North CarolinaChristened:Died:Buried:
Wife Elizabeth Stoker
Born: 28 Feb 1800 - Ashe Co, North CarolinaChristened:Died: Jan 1868 - Bloomington, Bear Lake Co., IdahoBuried:
Father: Michael Stoker (1762-After 1836)
1 M David Welker
Born: 2 Jul 1823 - Henry Co., IndianaChristened:Died:Buried:
2 M James Wilburn Welker
Born: 17 Jan 1825 - Jackson Co., OhioChristened:Died: 3 May 1912 - Bloomington, Bear Lake Co., IdahoBuried:
General Notes: Child - David Welker
William Stoker and Almira Winegar
Husband William Stoker
Born: 26 Mar 1819 - Bloomfield Twp, Jackson Co., OhioChristened:Died: 19 Mar 1892Buried:
Father: David Stoker (1795-1852)Mother: Barbara Graybill ( -1872)
Wife Almira Winegar
Born: 27 Feb 1818Christened:Died: 6 Nov 1884Buried:
Thomas P. C. Stokes
Husband Thomas P. C. Stokes
1 M Walter Stokes
Born: 11 May 1885 - PennsylvaniaChristened:Died: Apr 1971 - Philadelphia, Pa.Buried:
General Notes: Child - Walter Stokes
Walter Stokes and Frances Kemble Wister
Husband Walter Stokes
Born: 11 May 1885 - PennsylvaniaChristened:Died: Apr 1971 - Philadelphia, Pa.Buried:
Father: Thomas P. C. Stokes ( - )Mother:
1. Occupation: broker.
Wife Frances Kemble Wister
Born: 20 Sep 1901 - Saunderstown, Rhode IslandChristened:Died: 27 Apr 1992 - Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PaBuried:
Father: Owen Wister (1860-1938)Mother: Mary Channing Wister (1870-1913)
1 F Mary C. Stokes
Born: Abt Jun 1929 - PennsylvaniaChristened:Died: 19 Feb 1980 - Manhattan, NYBuried:
Spouse: H. Richard Schumacher (1930- )Marr: 23 Nov 1963 - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
Spouse: Alice Hayward Enos (Abt 1942- )Marr: Dec 1963
General Notes: Husband - Walter Stokes
of St. Davids, Pa. and Saunderstown, RI
General Notes: Child - Mary C. Stokes
Writer for The New York World-Telegram and The Sun. Editor of The Investor's Reader, published by Merrill Lynch. Graduated magna cum laud from Radcliffe.
General Notes: Child - John Welsh Stokes II
Henry Strinver and Joyce Wood
Husband Henry Strinver
Wife Joyce Wood
Mother: Alice ( - )
Unknown Stuart and Susan Unknown
Husband Unknown Stuart
Born: - ConnecticutChristened:Died:Buried:
Wife Susan Unknown
Born: Abt 1825 - New YorkChristened:Died:Buried:
Other Spouse: George D. Hubbard (Abt 1810- )
1 M Lewis W. Stuart
Born: Abt 1849 - Mass.Christened:Died:Buried:
Thomas Symonds and Penelope Williams
Husband Thomas Symonds
Wife Penelope Williams
Mother: Mary Powell (Abt 1661- )
General Notes: Husband - Thomas Symonds
of Pengethley, Hereford
1 obituary - London Times, October 18, 1894, pg 8.
2 Civil Registration, Chapel en le Frith, 2nd Quarter 1871, Vol. 7b, pg